Monday, 31 May 2010
I love this image from Isabella's Sketchbook, I have a couple of these vintage-style beach ladies, this is how a trip to the seaside should be:). It's for Isabella's Challenge this week, which is based around Memorial Day for those who celebrate it and patriotic colours for those who don't. I've used the red, white and blue theme and, instead of Memorial Day, we have the Spring Bank Holiday which should be glorious sunshine and picnics. You'll note that I said should, LOL, it's grey and chilly here and all that you can say is that it's not raining - yet!
I've used a sketch from the Pixie Cottage Challenge for my card, haven't come across their site before. Charisma Cardz has a Going in Circles Challenge, Stamptacular Sunday has Life's a Beach as their theme this week, Cupcake Craft Challenges' theme is Summer Delights and Cute Card Thursday wants us to use no designer papers.
Image is coloured with Copics and cut out. The backgound is made from paper that has been Glimmer Misted. Sentiment is Elusive Images. I've set eyelets into the red circle - woo hoo - finally worked out how to use the setting tool, the white card is dry embossed with a CB folder.
Sunday, 30 May 2010
This week's Corrosive Challenge is such a fun theme - What's Cookin'. I used my new Phindy Image, Celebrate with Cake, you can buy her here. The card is based on this week's Friday Sketcher's Challenge and uses My Mind's Eye DP and a scrap of dry embossed cardstock. Don't look too closely at the embossing, the bird on the pattern is turned on its side! Image coloured with Copics, roses are Prima, sentiment is Craftwork Cards. Machine stitched around all DP.
The slice of cake is from a template from Cathie Shuttleworth, I saw her stand at the NEC and bought this just last week, cute isn't it?
My card is also entered for Digital Tuesday's Cute People Challenge, the JUGS Wild Card Dry Embossing Challenge and Polka Doodles' Sew and Sew Theme .
Saturday, 29 May 2010
I've made a card for this week's Lili of the Valley Challenge, using their gorgeous stamp of a girl on a swing. I feel that I have to do something about the sheer quantity of cards that I have, last night I sat down with boxes of them and sorted them into saleable - or not. Happily there were a lot more in the first pile:). I found a couple of cards that used this image and remembered how much I like it - so here it is getting another airing! I've sent for polythene bags for cards, not sure of the best way to sell them, we shall see... Also today we went to Ikea and bought lots of lovely storage - for DH's flytying stash and for my crafting stash. So watch this space:).
The card follows Bev's pretty sketch and is fairly simple. Image is coloured with Copics and edged with Distress Inks, DPs are Papermania from an A5 pad, flower is an E-line Prima.
This card is also an entry for Paper Sundae's Favourite book/poem/fairytale challenge. I loved to read books by Monica Edwards as a child. Both her series set in Sussex and the one in Surrey featured girls with long fair plaits, though Lindsey cuts her plaits off to try to make money to fence her beloved yew tree on the farm after cattle are poisoned by it. I see this as Lindsey on her swing in the yew tree. I still have the books and they are being republished so that at last I have the set, as well as a biography of Monica Edwards, from which I learnt that the girl with the plaits is Monica's daughter, Shelley, who sat for many of the drawings in the books.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
This week's Phindy's Friday Challenge is to use either buttons or brads on your project - or both! That's a really easy challenge that fits a multitude of Phindy's lovely images, so let's see lots of lovely entries to the challenge this week. I used a really sweet, vintage style image called Celebrate with Cake, you can buy it here. I followed the sketch from the Truly Scrumptious Challenge and also the recipe at Dutch Dare which is to use 2 patterned papers, 3 colours and 4 buttons. It's a celebration card so it also fits the theme at A Spoonful of Sugar.
Image is coloured with Copics and edged with Distress Inks. The DP is My Mind's Eye, couldn't resist these new papers when they came in at my local stamp shop. Sentiment is Hero Arts, I made the flower with Bigz dies and I added my buttons around the image.
Check out this AMAZING candy, here is the info:
"Tuesday 1st June is the date for the fabulous new release from Lili of the Valley, there are 12 new designs – 4 Dressing Up Girls, 4 Boys, 2 Babies and 2 Get Well Designs, they will also be reducing Overseas Postage to £3.5o and orders of £25 will get free shipping from 1st June. As an extra special promotion the really generous and sweet Lisa and Laila have given us a whole set of the new release to offer as candy to one of our lovely followers, this candy is open from Thursday 27th May until Midnight on Saturday 29th May so you only have 3 days girlies. All we ask you to do is post about this gorgeous new release and link back to here on your blog . Best of luck to you all and a big thanks to Laila and Lisa."
Please check out the challenge blog for full details and be sure to visit the other Ladies with Attitude, check out their amazing creations and leave them some love, here's the team: Ann, Anne (me), Carlie, Cat, Deanne, Debbie, Georgia, Gina, Jane,Jeannie, Judy and Lisa.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
I'm lucky enough to have a DH who will go to the local craft shop and buy me things for birthday and Christmas. Last Christmas he bought me a really unusual Hero Arts stamp, the first of the Clings that I had seen, a negative of a field of flowers. I stamped it out a few times and really liked it, brayered inks across the surface and did a few other things. Set it to one side, as you do, then when I wanted to use it, around March time, it had vanished. I turned my craft room upside down, DH looked everywhere, I looked everywhere, with no luck. In the end, yesterday, I admitted defeat and bought another Cling as a substitute. I joked in the shop that now I'd bought another the original would turn up. This afternoon, lifting down one of my ring binders of stamps, I noticed something on the shelf. Yes, the Cling had reappeared on the shelf that had been searched many times. Deeply weird; perhaps it was abducted by aliens who wanted to make cards...
So in celebration of its return I've made two cards:).
Card number 1 uses the new Cling of a bird in a circle on top of text. I've cut out and popped up the circle; flowers and bird are coloured with Copics, the background are sponged with Distress Ink. I used my MS hydrangea punch on the bottom of the mat for the image, the DP is Basic Grey Capella, I've dry embossed a couple of bits of pink pearlescent card and addded pearls to the centres of the flowers.
This card is for Sketch Saturday's Challenge, and it's colourscheme is based round this week's Simon Says Challenge of Pink or Blue with Green and Brown. My greens look a bit greyish but they are green! This week's ABC Challenge is V is for Vintage, Create4Fun has the same theme of Vintage and the theme at Quixotic Challenges is embossing.
Card two uses the original stamp on this week's Mojo Monday sketch. I've inked it with Distress Inks and added some gems to the daisy centres. They are yellow in real life, the photo isn't great. DP is K&K, sentiment is Craftwork Cards and ribbon is from stash.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
This House Mouse image needed a simple sketch, it's quite large and busy, so I was really pleased to see this week's sketch at Inspirational Card Sketches, it's ideal. My mouse is meant to be saying "Goodbye" for the House Mouse Challenge this week, they've got a blog hop and all sorts of prizes. But I think he looks more like a mouse with indigestion than a sad mouse saying farewell:). I'm also entering this for Totally Papercraft's photo inspiration challenge, thanks for the heads-up Lols:).
Image is coloured with Distress Inks, edge is distressed and its mounted onto Bazzill Bling. Sentiment is computer generated, DP, border and sticker are Basic Grey Nook & Pantry.
Monday, 24 May 2010
I coloured Maribel with Copics and sponged Distress Ink all around the image. Couldn't find a Nestie that fitted the image so I used the deckle edged rectangle and kept moving it till I had the size and proportions I wanted, working on one side at a time. I'm entering this for the Basic Grey Challenge to use a punch (hope the Nestie counts?)
This lovely image is from Isabella's Sketchbook and I'm entering their birthday card challenge with it. The sentiment underneath is Hero Arts. Image is coloured with Copics and the DP is Basic Grey Green at Heart. Card candy is from Craftwork Cards. The sketch is from Card Patterns
Challenge I'm also entering it for Papertake's say it with flowers challenge.
Sunday, 23 May 2010
What do you think? Clean & simple or just too minimal...
Saturday, 22 May 2010
We went plant shopping with a voucher that we got at Christmas (and a bit of help from Visa) so instead of inky fingers I have earth stained fingers.The card that I have to show you came from a lovely crafty day with my friend Val. We had lots of creative plans but again we were slightly scuppered by the weather, we kept escaping outside to enjoy the sun:). I bought some journalling sentiments from Elusive Images, although I don't have a journal:). Don't know why, but they called my name...
This card isn't a million miles from something that Glenda Waterworth (Elsuive Images) blogged when she released the stamps. I put as many sentiments as I could onto a large arylic block in a very loose, sort-of order and stamped it in Dusty Concrd Distress Ink. I sponged Distress Inks onto the background and used a glue pen and Glamour Dust to highlight some of the words. Matted it onto dark purple card and made a flower from a Woodware punch with a bit more Glamour Dust and a silver brad. I made this for Quixotic Challenge's "How Sentimental" and it's also entered for Secret Crafter's Challenge which is No Patterned Paper
Friday, 21 May 2010
The lovely image is simply called "Fishing", you can buy it from Phindy's Place here. Image is coloured with Copics and edged with a bit of Broken China Distress Ink. I chose to work with the Card Patterns Sketch for this week, it's clean and uncluttered, just right for a masculine card:). DP is My Minds Eye, the edge is punched with the first Martha Stewart punch I ever bought, which I think is called Arabesque, which gives a lovely wave effect. The fly is hooked into a piece of ribbon from stash, I'm told it is called a Dentist's Delight :)! Charisma Cards' theme is 3D this week, the fishing fly works perfectly for this.
I opted to decorate the inside of my card as the sentiment stamp I wanted to use is too big for the front of the card, so I'm entering it into Crafty Cardmaker's Inside Out Challenge. Can't remember where the stamp came from I'm afraid, bought it at Ally Pally a year or so ago. Dareu2Digistamp has One for the Boys as it's challenge for this week as does Creative Cottage, so I'm entering my card in their challenges too. One last challenge to nail with this card: Allsorts Challenge is celebrating its brthday with a birthday theme.
I hope you'll join us over at Phindy's Place this week for our challenge. Phindy herself is away at present, her sister is gravely ill in hospital. please keep them in your thoughts and if you'd like to send a card to Gerry, Phindy's sister, there is information in the PCP group here.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
I based my card on the sketch at Card Positioning Systems, adding a bit to the RH side of it. I'm also entering the Copic Creations Challenge to make a monochrome card. The image and sentiment are a S2G image called Taking a Break, you can buy it here. Image is printed onto Basic Grey DP and then onto plain white cardstock. The white version was coloured with shades of blue and grey/blue, cut out and added to the blue DP image. Background DP is My Minds Eye, image is secured to it with brads. The thread I've added to it is hand dyed perle thread from my stash.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
The image is one of my favourites from Isabella's Sketchbook, click on the photo and you can read the words: "With a lot of coffee and a bit of chocolate there isn't a problem that can't be solved". I'm entering my card for the Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge, which is to use the background colours of their blog for a project.
Card is printed onto DP, the bow coloured with Copics and the cup and saucer paper pieced and coloured with Copics. The flowers come from Quixotic Paperie and I've punched the ferns from Bazzill card. All DP is Basic Grey, the card candy is from Craftwork Cards..
I've used the Sketch Saturday layout for my card, which I'm also entering for One Stop Craft Challenge's theme of Summer Breeze. Basic Grey's Challenge this week is Punch It; I've created flowers using my DP and assorted punches. Crafty Cardmakers has Distressed for its theme this week so the background fits their challenge too. One final challenge: DareU2Digistamp has the theme Anything Goes.
The background is Broken China and a little Weathered Wood at the top, with Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade below. I've splashed plenty of water on with my fingers to get the colours to run together. The DP is Basic Grey Cupcake, the sentiment is from Elusive Images.The flowers are made with 2 Woodware flower punches and the smallest Nestie circles.
Friday, 14 May 2010
There's a nice sketch to use at Simon Says Challenge this week, I decided to use it with one of Phindy's new images, you can buy Lula Shopping here. Lula's coloured with Copics and the DP is Basic Grey Wisteria. Butterfly sentiment is Craftwork Cards, flower is a combination of punched and bought.
I added a few butterflies to the inside too:).
My card is also for the Secret Crafter recipe challenge of 3 embellishments (butterfly, flower, leaf), 2 papers and 1 image.
It is of course also time for Phindy's Friday Challenge, which is to create a Christmas project using one of Phindy's images. You might well have expected me to use my favourite image, Sleigh Ride, but I thought I'd do something different this week and opted for Jingle Bear. When I say different, if you check out the challenge blog you can see that no less than four of us elected to use Jingle Bear! It's worth looking and seeing just how versatile the image is:). I'm entering him for the ABC Christmas Challenge, which is J is for Jingle Bells, as well as Pile It On, who have Cute & Cuddly as their theme. It's also entered for the ABC Challenge of U is for unused stash, for reasons that will become clear:)
My card began with the background. I was trying to make Distress Ink backgrounds and this was meant to be a soft purple/grey shaded paper. I was too heavy handed with the grey inkpad and ended up with the shape of the ink pad all over. So I turned it on point, added some white gel pen to the "peaks" and voila, a wintry background appeared from my "failed" background. It's fun how sometimes you can end up with something great that is totally different from the effect you were trying for, if a bit frustrating:).
I coloured my image with Copics and cut some snow ridges from leftover white cardstock, then mounted him onto the background. There were some odd bright blue flecks on the card which got covered up with mopre white gel pen, making snowflakes. I found the perfect piece of Artylicious digital paper in my stash, which I've had for years, to go with the background, added some snowflake embossed white card and a ribbon. Sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.
On showing the card to DH he duly admired it but tactfully asked why the image wasn't central on the card. AARRGGHHH! How could I do that? I only had one piece of the stripy DP, and a one-off background, there was no way the card would come apart without tearing something. I looked through my stash and found some peel-offs at the bottom of the drawer - haven't used them in years! A few stars scattered down the RH side of the image, with one in the sky, make it look like the image was meant to be off-set - I hope! So the unused DP worked with the background that I'd made and the unused peel-offs saved the day!
I asked DH if he could see any other problems on the card, somehow I always knew he was always going to say no, regardless of how it looked... ;)
Enjoy your weekend and I hope you find time to make a Christmas card of two with us this week.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
I've used Wear Red, one of the fun digis from the Ladies with Attitude collection, you can buy here here. She's coloured with Copics on a paper pieced background. The outer die cut frame is a Nellie Snellen, I seem to have a lot of trouble getting these dies to cut cleanly, seems a corner always gets left behind... DPs are Basic Grey, ribbons and ric-rac are from stash.
Please check out the challenge blog for full details and be sure to visit the other Ladies with Attitude, check out their amazing creations and leave them some love, here's the team: Ann, Anne (me), Carlie, Cat, Deanne, Debbie, Georgia, Gina, Jana, Jane,Jeannie, Judy and Lisa.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
I'm really struggling to get creative at the moment, last night everything I started seemed to go wrong so I had a play with some papers... Craft Stamper magazine has an article about Distress Ink backgrounds so I had a play with them but wasn't pleased with the results.
So I got out Glimmer Mists and Cosmic Shimmers and sprayed some A4 cardstock. I'm still not feeling inspired but now I have very inky fingers:)
Monday, 10 May 2010
Domi is one of the Simon Says Challenge Team and she is getting married on Saturday. The Simon Says girls have challenged us by asking those who would like to send Domi & Uli a card to do so to enter a luscious looking candy. I felt a bit odd at first sending a card to a couple I've never met. But hey, the Simon Says Challenge has been very good to me, I was lucky enough to win their challenge last summer and it's a really nice idea. So here, with my best wishes for the happy couple, is my card.
Again I've used the Stampin' Up image and sentiment, colouring with Distress Inks. The DP is Basic Grey Scarlett's Letter, with lovely blotchy stripes that seem made for the Distress Ink colours. The border is made with a Martha Stewart punch, ribbon is from stash.
Sunday, 9 May 2010
Image and sentiment are Stampin' Up, coloured with Distress Inks and watercolour pencils. Flowers are called Prima Sprites, don't know where they're from, they were a present from DH. DP is K&K.
There are a couple of wedding card challenges around that I'm entering my card for: One Stop Craft Challenge has the theme Wedding Wishes and Charisma Cardz Challenges has It's all About Weddings.
Saturday, 8 May 2010
When I first began blogging, I joined a group of stampers from SBS who got together as a goup. Among them was Janet Rossi from Canada, who has become a good cyber friend. It's Janet's birthday today and, just for fun, we have a birthday hop among a few blogging friends of Janet's.
Here's the hop if you'd like to play along:
I made my card as part of another celebration - the 100th Penny Black Challenge. That's a lot of challenges! They are also having a hop, but this time with lots of prizes, be sure to hop over there too. The sketch is from their challenge and I've followed it pretty closely.
My card uses a cute PB cat stamp with sentiment built in. Coloured with Copics, I've used Daisy Bucket DPs that I've had in for a while. It was fun to make a non-Christmas red and green card, Janet you have a Purrfect Day:)
Friday, 7 May 2010
I chose to use a slightly different digi set from a series that Phindy has drawn, called Lil Gems, they are smaller digis that are not designed to be enlarged to fill a whole card front. The Garden Gems were just so much fun to use that I couldn't stop at one card! I love the idea of cards made with "Inchie" stamps and wanted to do something like this, however I chose to make my images measure 1 1/2" which is of course the beauty of using digis, make 'em the size that works for you.
The first card I made is quite clean and simple, it's a kind of April Showers card. Images coloured with Copics, mounted onto green Bazzill Bling and then again onto dark green Bazzill Bling. The sentiment is computer generated, the papers are Basic Grey Kioshi.
The second card, which also uses Kioshi DP, is a sunnier card, showing the May flowers. I have read that to make pastel colouring really stand out, mat it onto black, which is what I did. It's very high contrast against the yellow card, but I like it! But I have a confession to make: this was going to be a perfectly laid out nine-patch. Somehow, late last evening, a tiny bit of inaccuracy crept into my cutting and the hairsbreadth of difference in size stood out like a sore thumb. What to do? OK a quick rearrange and I set the centre square on point which hopefully camouflages the difference:)
Dareu2DigiStamp has an Anything Goes challenge this week, so I'm entering my cards for it. Absoloutely LOVE these little images and can feel a "series" of cards coming on :)
Enjoy Friday and remember, it's nearly the weekend!
Thursday, 6 May 2010
I've used a very sweet cat image, Cat on a Pillow, from the S2G shop for my card. I've based it on Maya's great sketch from Sketch Saturday Challenge. Image is completely paper pieced from Basic Grey Sugar Rush DP, the background has been sponged with Distress Ink. Sentiment is computer generated, flowers are punched from the same DP, gems from Hobby House. My kitty card is also entered for A Spoonful of Sugar's Challenge this week, which is Furry Friends.
Please check out the challenge blog for full details and be sure to visit the other Ladies with Attitude, check out their amazing creations and leave them some love, here's the team: Ann, Anne (me), Carlie, Cat, Deanne, Debbie, Georgia, Gina, Jana, Jane,Jeannie, Jennifer, Judy and Lisa.